Summer Workshops you’ll want to book…
There are some cracking workshops running across the county this summer that might just help you manage that whole work-life balance with a bit more grace and poise. Some you book ’em in and wave goodbye — some you get to stay and enjoy alongside your little darlings.
CookeryEatery Summer Camps
Get your kids cooking — and eating things you’d never thought they would every try — this summer with the team at CookeryEatery (Muddy Herts Best Children’s Business 2016, don’t ya know). Older kids (8-16) can book in to camps in Letchworth, for full days (9am-5pm) of food-based fun and learning. Younger chefs (4-11) can get busy in Hitchin, Mondays to Wednesdays, doing full days too — and filling those days with picnics, camping cookery, making and baking, and heaps more. They’ll come happy — but they won’t come home hungry!
Daisy Bakes Summer Workshops, Knebworth, 16, 24 & 30 Aug, 10am & 12.30pm
Get your little sweeties decorating cupcakes with Daisy Bakes — and choose your theme. Summery sea creatures — or creepy mini-beasts. Immortalise your pets in icing — or go down to the woods for a teddy bears’ picnic.
Oglee Poglee Workshops
Set sail on an Ocean Adventure (12 Aug) in Tring — with Oglee Pip searching for turtles and treasure, and have a whale of a time with your little one (you get to stay for these ones) getting creative among the crustaceans. Or enjoy a summer Tea Party with Oglee Pip trying his hand at making a cake for his friend. As always, lots of great creative activities to enjoy together.
The Art Shed, Ware
Looking for something arty? You’ve found it. A full-day pottery workshop will have them making garden sculptures that will be fired and set on a metal rod, ready to adorn your flowerbeds. There’s a shorter workshop for families, making Fused Glass Bunting, which sounds great — and you make 5 pieces in the morning which they’ll then fuse for you in the kiln. Or you could make a Pottery Cuckoo Clock — which is quite involved work, but includes a walk to the lakes to eate your picnic at lunchtime.
Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford
There are loads of arty workshops at Courtyard Arts in Hertford, too. Clay, film, puppets, painting, drumming, you name it — there’s bound to be something they’ll enjoy. A really good selection this summer — take your pick!
Teens on Screen, St. Albans,
My eldest has done one Teens on Screen course, and he’s heading back this summer for another one. Training from professional TV presenters in everything you’d want to know about presenting to camera — and huge increases in confidence.
Mad Science Camps, county-wide
Mad Science run some great workshops throughout the summer and in all sorts of places across the county. Choose from Funky Forensics, Commotion with Potions, Radical Reactions, Phantom Photons — and loads more. My youngest loved the one she did, and they learn loads while they’re having so much fun they don’t even notice!
Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts
There’s a neat selection of crafty workshops at Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts this summer, ranging for some creative fun for the under-5s, through workshops for 8 and above, and a few for crafty teens 14+. Collage, drawing, batik, screen printing and all sorts.
Themed Drama Camps, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
For 6-12 year olds who like a bit of drama, there are a couple of themed drama camps at the Gordon Craig — one based around The Jungle Book, one based around Aladdin, and another on Alice in Wonderland. Drama, music, singing, dance and visual arts all come together as the children devise and a write a script — then perform it to family and friends at the end of the week.
Summer Musical Theatre Workshops, Radlett Centre
These workshops are a way to experience what it’s like to be rehearsing and performing professionally. This is less of a games-based camp and more of an insight into the real world of the theatre.
Watford Palace Theatre
This one sounds gloriumptious! The Phizz-Whizzing World of Roald Dahl is a week-long summer school inspired by the whoppsy-wiffling world of Roald Dahl. Drama, games and creativity for your little human beans, creating a brand new play together. Or older kids can get CluedUp? at a gripping murder mystery theatre summer school. Expect more suspects than a soap opera Christmas Special.
Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford
The Bedazzle Theatre Arts summer school returns to Rhodes this year — recording their pop CD and performing their hits on stage at their Pop School. There’s also Boom! — a chance for primary-school-aged littlies to strut their stuff and have a great time, putting on a show. And Blast! (do I detect a theme here?) for the older ones, with a chance to create a full-scale theatre production — whether as a budding actor, singer, dancer, musician, lighting designer or sound engineer.
Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickenden near Hertford
Get out under the stars this summer — join the Celts for their Wild Summer Sleep Out. Pitch your tent in the evening, feast at the barbeque — then enjoy a bat walk, a moth hunt, storytelling and firebreathing. And you wake up the next day to breakfast being cooked for you. They’re also offering day camps — letting you explore what life was like in ancient Britain and learning all sorts of new skills.
Natural History Museum @ Tring
The Museum in Tring (you know, the one with all the animals) always has fun drop-in sessions going on, but there are some great ones this summer that you’ll need to book in advance. Making fossils from clay, building dens in Tring Park, hunting for bugs and more.
Verulamium Museum, St Albans
Great stuff going on at the Verulamium Museum, too — as always. Some really interesting sessions for older kids, too — with chances to help edit sound clips and create interactive displays using conductive ink (how cool is that?) within the museum and bringing even maps to life. There’s also a Drama Workshop, running along with Trestle Theatre, to celebrate the Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines exhibition. There’s more, too. Lots more.
All that should keep ’em busy, right?